How a trip to the beach can inspire independent learning


The beach is the perfect place for outdoor exploration with ample opportunities to encourage independent learning. Home to mini beasts, plants, birds and providing habitats like rock pools, young learners can have fun getting active and exploring the world around them.

Spending time in natural environments such as coastlines enables children to explore their senses as they are surrounded by a variety of textures, smells, sights and sounds creating an ideal setting for all types of learners. read more

20 Outdoor activities for your 2016 Summer Bucket List


The summer holidays are approaching, and we have suggested 20 activities to keep your children inspired and learning over the six week break. From bird watching and puppet shows to sensory trays and star gazing, there’s an activity for children of all ages and interests to go and explore the outdoors!

1) Make a butterfly painting

Butterflies have large colourful wings and are symmetrical. This means they can be painted by folding paper! To start, fold a piece of paper in half, on one side draw the wings of the butterfly and then fold the paper over and press down. Keep adding detail and folding until you are happy with your design. Once dry, draw on the body and antenna with a pen, you can also add some googly eyes to bring your painting to life. Click here to download the activity sheet from the Wildlife Watch. read more

Bank Holiday Fun

I hope you all had a fun bank holiday and that the weather was kind to you! We had 2 birthday parties and a BBQ, but even with all the outings, we were able to have some fun with some of Squirts favourite Learning Resources products, this really is a job where I like taking work home!

I love to watch Squirt play with the toys and games, and see how her mind works as she’s playing. She’s quite a logical child, and likes to know how things work. The first toy she picked from the bundle was the Magic Moves Wand! She’s had this for a while, so I was surprised she picked this over some of the new ones, but it’s always been her favourite! The wand flashes, and plays some fun tunes for her to do the actions to. Actions include ‘hop like a kangaroo’ and ‘float like a feather’, there are so many to keep her amused. read more

Rainy days and Mondays


How’s the weather holding up in your part of the world this summer? Hopefully you’ll be basking in sunshine, and only having to dodge the odd shower here and there! read more

Helping your money go further this summer!

Keeping the children entertained for a full six weeks can be a costly, the price of everything seems to have shot up lately. I recently went to an outside summer festival and paid £3 for an ice-cream! They’re certainly not known as 99’s anymore!

This summer we’re running  a parent campaign to help you keep your youngsters occupied during the long holiday, whatever the weather! All the items in our Summer Savers category are Buy One Get One Free for the whole summer! Quote SUMMERSAVERS14 when you place your order. read more

Schools out for summer!

Most schools in the UK will be breaking up in the next few days, the summer holidays are here!

Do you dread six weeks of having the children at home, or do you love having them around more? There have been many debates in both teacher and parent forums online discussing if six weeks is too long for a school holiday or if a four week summer holiday would be more beneficial, and as you’d expect, there are arguments for both! Many parents struggle to afford child care for the full six weeks, and more frequent, shorter holidays would be much more manageable. On the other hand, for many families the six week holiday is the highlight of the year that they spend months looking forward to and planning. I don’t think a decision will ever be made to please everyone, but we can certainly make the most of what’s on offer around us. read more

The benefits of outside learning

My daughter ‘Squirt’ loves being outside, she’ll happily play for hours in the garden, at the beach, and she loves nothing more than a play park! She enjoys it so much; it’s easy to sneak in some fun learning activities without her even noticing she’s learning!

We all know the benefits of being outside; fresh air, exercise, vitamin D and the boosts to children’s immunity, needless to say how much extra space there is out there! Whether it’s the school playground or at home in your back garden, the activity ideas and resources are endless! My niece particularly enjoys the ‘jumpoline’ (trampoline!) and we can see her coordination and balance have already improved. read more

Enjoy picnics come rain or shine!

We’re well and truly into picnic season now, and I hope you’ve got some fab picnics coming up! Let’s hope the weather is on our side, and we’re not faced with too many rainy days this summer. I remember inside picnics when I was little, my mum would set a blanket out on the living room floor, and we’d have lots of various snacks in little wicker baskets! It was just as much fun as an outside picnic, however we weren’t allowed to play with the frisbee for some reason!

I’m sure you’d all agree that an outside picnic is far more exciting than an inside one (frisbee or no frisbee), but in case we do have to dodge the showers this summer, have a look at our New Sprouts Picnic Set. The set includes everything needed to have a great inside picnic, including squirting ketchup and mustard bottles (my favourite bit!) and slices of watermelon. read more